21 Songs, 2 Hours 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Brit rockers attack right outta the gate, the title track building along a menacing bass line into high-octane stadium rock—this is Foals at their heaviest. But the band's dance rock roots sashay back in on "Birch Tree," which jumps from hand-clapper to dissonant howler before "Snake Oil" tries on Jane's Addiction's sludgier sound. Electronic-lush ballads "Give It All" and "London Thunder" supply calm amid the storm, while nature at its most intimidating—oceans, mountains, snakes—becomes a running metaphor through which Yannis Philippakis explores humanity’s darker tendencies and animalistic core.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The Brit rockers attack right outta the gate, the title track building along a menacing bass line into high-octane stadium rock—this is Foals at their heaviest. But the band's dance rock roots sashay back in on "Birch Tree," which jumps from hand-clapper to dissonant howler before "Snake Oil" tries on Jane's Addiction's sludgier sound. Electronic-lush ballads "Give It All" and "London Thunder" supply calm amid the storm, while nature at its most intimidating—oceans, mountains, snakes—becomes a running metaphor through which Yannis Philippakis explores humanity’s darker tendencies and animalistic core.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
110 Ratings
110 Ratings
De pwn550 ,

Best Band Around

When I think of groups like The Police or Incubus or Rush I think of bands that have staying power. The ability to write songs with depth. Foals is a band that will be with us for awhile. I saw them live four times on the Holy Water tour and it just kept getting better. I’m completely excited for the rest of this album.

J.Blunt ,

A brilliant addition to the Foals collection

Foals has been my favorite band ever since I first heard Hummer on a Pandora station in 2010, and they’ve never failed to surprise me with their new albums. What Went Down continues the bands evolution towards a harder, heavy rock sound than the alternative, jumpy, and math rock feel of Antidotes, and parts of Total Life Forever.

The album kicks off with the explosive What Went Down, and is immediately followed by the more mellow and melodic sounds of Mountain At My Gates, which is a good thing, because 2 songs with the pace and power of What Went Down in a row would have you wanting to punch holes through walls or throw chairs in coffee shops just to incite a riot.

Birch Tree is the beginning of the album’s lyric centric middle, where Yannis explores different sound ranges, all while sticking to a central and poetic theme that I’ll let you discover when you listen to the whole album.

Give It All and Albatross have a similar build up to Mountain At My Gates, followed by the biting and slightly animalistic tones of Snake Oil. Night Swimmers is a brilliantly blended song that, to me, is the epitome of the bands evolution, encompassing both an alternative sound at the beginning that builds into a powerful guitar riff typical of heavier rock towards the end.

London Thunder keeps a steady pace and feel throughout it’s entire 4:14 runtime, and Lonely Hunter builds into a stronger chorus in a delightfully parabolic motion. This album is rounded off by the slow burner that I’ve come to love from Foals. A Knife In the Ocean has a far less anxious build up than Spanish Sahara because of it’s heavier and scaled guitar riffs, but it’s equally as satisfying.

All in all, this album is an easy 10/10. It’s as good as alternative and rock gets these days. Foals has done it again, and I couldn’t be happier. Well done boys, well done.

Goodbye Babylon ,

So Far, So Good, So Foals

The first two releases from the record - 'What Went Down' & 'Mountains at My Gates' - are exactly what you’d expect from Foals - decidedly original, hard-hitting, yet refined rock & roll that is rooted in the traditional guitar, bass, drums, & keyboard setup, but clearly draws influence from their eclectic backgrounds (see their Tapes release for more study here). It’s my opinion that when all is said and done, Foals will be looked back on as one of the most important and influential bands of the decade. They certainly show no signs of slowing down, thankfully having had their near meltdown whilst making ‘Total Life Forever’ and learning the lessons needed from that session to endure for some time to come.

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